GRAPHIC-Commodities, energy whipsawed by Japan quake -interactive package

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Saturday, 19 March 2011 05:38 GMT

SINGAPORE, March 19 (Reuters) - Commodities markets took a knock from a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan last week that spawned a tsunami and a nuclear power plant crisis.

Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant on Saturday in a desperate attempt to get water pumps going that would cool down overheated fuel rods and prevent the deadly spread of radiation.

Damage to oil refineries, other petrochemical plants and ports and shattered energy infrastructure have unnerved investors who are also counting the cost to Japanese growth from the disaster, while authorities estimate the death toll at more than 10,000.

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(Reporting by Nick Trevethan)

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